Rajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane was critical of his team’s batting performance in the lost IPL Eliminator against Kolkata Knight Riders, saying the line-up could not handle the pressure. Rajasthan Royals (RR) lost against Kolkata Knight Riders in the second playoff match in IPL 2018, and with this, they finished their journey this season of IPl 2018.
Criticizing his team’s batting display in the IPL eliminator, Ajinkya Rahane said that our middle order was not capable of handling batting pressure.
To chasing 170, openers of Rajasthan Royals team started their glorious innings. When Sanju Samson (50) and Rahane (46) shared a partnership of more than fifty runs, both the batsmen got some runs ahead of the innings.
It was a life and death game for Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Rajasthan Royals (RR) needed 61 runs in the last six overs, and at this time there were nine wickets remaining, but coming out of the 20th over, Rajasthan had lost the match. The reason was that the run rate had declined in the middle overs, due to which the team needed 40 runs to win the last 12 balls.
Now this target for Rajasthan was very difficult. The team missed the star English couple of Jos Butler and Ben Stokes, who was remembered for national duty.
Ajinkya Rahane said, “We cannot give excuses, both of them are important and experienced, but we did well in our final match by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore.”
Kolkata smashed 55 runs in the last five overs with Andre Russell’s unbeaten 49 from 25 balls, On the other hand, Rajasthan’s team could only earn 25 runs in the same circumstances. It was the most disappointing for them.
He said, “We supported our batting unit to chase the total score. We did not get big sixes or fours in the last few overs, which were most needed in such a situation when the required run rate was more than 15.
IPL 2018: The credit goes to the KKR bowlers, we have to learn from our mistakes for the next season. We batted well in the patch, but that was not enough to stay in the season. ”
“When you have eight-nine wickets in your hand you usually finish those runs. Our plan was to bat deep. He said, “The target of 170 runs was not very high, it could have been followed.
Unfortunately, Sanju was dismissed in the 17th over. In a pressure game, you are expecting one of the top four batsmen, who Staying in the field until the match is over. ”
Left-handed fast bowler Jaydev Unadakt, was a big letdown, conceding 33 runs from his two overs. But Rahane backed his bowling unit.
Rahane said, “I think Jaydev is a very good bowler, he went for a run in this match but he did really well for us in the entire session, he has taken important wickets for the team in the middle overs also.”